Sunday, May 19, 2013
Episode VII Rumor: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Negotiations to star in Star Wars: Episode VII
Latino Review's Kellvin Chavez and El Mayimbe are reporting that Tudor's star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in negotiations for an as yet unknown starring role in Episode VII.
It appears that Latino Review's report is based of of a single source so take it with a grain of salt.
Meyers is most famous for his 2007-2010 run as King Henry VIII on The Tudors.
This fall viewers will be able to see Meyers starring in NBC's new limited series Dracula, which will have Danieel Knauf as head writer and showrunner.
Meyers also has two films currently in post-production, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Panda Eyes.
After that IMDB doesn't have any cinematic commitments listed for him, so depending on whether Dracula is renewed for a season two or three and the filming schedule it certainly seems possible that he may be able to take part in filming for Episode VII.
The Irish born actor is 35 years old. For reference sake, Mark Hamill was 26 when Star Wars was released in 1977, Carrie Fisher was 20, and Harrison Ford was 35. The target release date for Episode VII is 2015, when Hamill will be 64, Fisher 59, and Ford 73.
If Meyers is to be the starring character of Episode VII he would be much older than either Hamill or Hayden Christensen when they took the spotlight. It is entirely possible that Meyers could be playing Luke Skywalker's son. Both Meyers and Hamill are of similar heights (5'9'') with light eyes and while Meyers hair is darker, there is enough resemblance their to make it believable on screen that the two could be father and son.
This is really the first big casting rumor we have gotten outside of the predictable will they or won't they rumors about the big three actors returning to reprise their roles.
It is also possible that Meyers could be tapped to play a starring role as a villain in the film, I can certainly see him as a young and cunning Imperial Navy officer who could make life difficult for the reformed Republic.
SOURCE: Latino Review